Albany: Police defy pressure to arrest 99%ers.

Albany

Not a felony.

Some indications of what is more to come, probably. Resisting some State and local pressure from Gov. Cuomo and others to arrest peaceful protesters, the police defied orders and thought for themselves in Albany, New York State this weekend. On the grounds of police competence and the law.

From Times Union:

“We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,” a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”

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